SEN & Disabilities
We have high expectations of all our students and do everything we can to support students with Special Educational Needs to thrive.
Our Student Support Services team works across every classroom in the Academy to ensure the needs of all students are met.
They support students and teachers in the classroom, offer additional intervention programmes for students after hours and deliver particular training programmes that assist teachers in ensuring lessons meet the individual needs of all our students.
Below is the link to the SEND Local Offer
At Harris Academy Morden we take students' individual educational needs very seriously. We understand that some students need additional support to access all mainstream opportunities and we aim to raise aspiration and achievement for all by providing high-quality learning that provides an inclusive curriculum. To support student progress in all areas of their learning we have a number of provisions in place that aim to help our children learn to the best of their ability. Under the new code children with complex Special Educational Needs will be given an Educational Health Care plan (EHC). For some students, this will mean being educated in a specialist provision. Where it is felt that these children can still be educated in a mainstream setting, the support outlined in the EHC plan will be provided by the Academy in collaboration with the Local Authority.
It is the responsibility of the Academy to provide for all other children with additional needs.
SEN will now be categorised under four main headings.
- Communication and Interaction - This includes speech, language and communication needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
- Cognition and Learning - This includes specific learning difficulties.
- Social, emotional and mental health.
- Sensory needs - this includes visual and hearing impairments.
The code of practice explains that once a potential SEN is identified, four types of action are needed to put effective support into place. The four actions are;
- Assess; the class teacher and SENCO should clearly analyse a pupil's needs before identifying a child as needing SEN support.
- Plan; parents must be notified whenever it is decided that a pupil is to be provided with SEN support. The class teacher, the SENCO and parents should collaborate on problem-solving, planning, support and strategies.
- Do; implement the agreed support and set a date for a review.
- Review; the effectiveness of the support should be reviewed in line with the agreed date.
For many of those that have SEN, their needs can be met within the classroom with quality teaching and clear differentiation. For those that require additional support or a more specific type of support, we will seek to involve outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language therapists where appropriate. In addition, we run a number of interventions within the Academy that aim to support the students to make progress in their specific area of need. For example, we have literacy and numeracy interventions, ELSA interventions, Speech and Language interventions such as Lego therapy and a range of support for students with different areas of SEMH needs.
We have a number of specific Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistants. They will aim to provide in-class support for those who have an EHCP and to support the teacher to provide a differentiated learning experience for our students.
The SENCo and Deputy SENCo are qualified assessors. They are able to assess students for different learning needs as part of our identification process for SEN and Access Arrangements.
SEND Information Report
Our SEND Information report is available below.
Below is the link to The SEND local offer for Merton
If any parent is concerned about the provision for the SEND in the Academy they should contact the SENCO in the first matter or refer it to the appropriate person.
Should the parent not be happy with the outcome, the complaint should be put in writing and addressed to the Head of Academy, Mr Sparks. You may also contact the School Governor with responsibility for SEND. His name is Aaron King and he can be contacted via email through the school office.